The soccer players from Massachusetts Bay found supposedly docile Indians on the warpath at Hanover yesterday and barely escaped with a 2-1 win.
Dudley Blodget and Lutz Hoeppner got the goals on head shots, but it took some great goal-tending by captain Richie Hammond to keep Harvard undefeated in Ivy play.
Blodget's tally gave the Crimson a 1-0 lead at 11:26 of the opening quarter. Jim Saltonstall headed a ball in the penalty area, then a Green fullback took a whack with his noggin, before Blodget headed it into the upper right corner of the nets.
The Big Green tied the score midway through the second period, after being awarded a free kick about 20 yards from the Crimson goal.
Hammond and Tony Marks both went into the air for Dartmouth captain Ed Harvey's kick, and the ball caromed away to the Green's Dick Moon. Hammond was still out of the goal when Moon lifted the bal goalward and Dick Frazier headed it in.
Scott Robertson set up Harvard's winning tally, when he beat his defender dribbling down the left side of the field. Robertson sent a beautiful cross into the middle, where Hoeppner headed the ball into the goal from two yards out.
This 2-1 lead held up through a scary fourth quarter. Harvard's play, which was below par all afternoon, fell even farther apart near the end, and the last ten minutes was one big shooting spree for the Green.
Hammond went high in the air to tip one hard shot over the goal, and made an equally spectacular deflection on a low, hard bullet aimed at the lower left corner by right halfback Bil Smoyer. The Crimson captain came up with 8 clutch saves in the fourth quarter and 17 overall in his best performance to date.
Outside of the two goals, Harvard's showing was pretty shoddy. The wings, insides, and halfbacks showed none of the coordination that marked the victory over Cornell last week. The offense continually tried to move through the middle, only to be thwarted by Dartmouth's tough four-fullback defense.
Freshmen Win, 2-1
The freshmen, also playing at Hanover, matched the varsity's 2-1 victory.
Coach Dana Getchell's freshman squad has now registered three wins without a defeat.